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Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 20121 for Events, ISO 50001, RJC

ISO has released a new standard – ISO 20121 – supporting events organizers looking to integrate sustainability into events management. The standard is suitable for local celebrations or large scale events such as the Olympic Games. The standard is relevant to all members of the event industry supply chain including organizers, event managers, stand builders, caterers and logistics suppliers, ISO said.

Bureau Veritas Certification has issued its first ISO 50001 certificate in North America to IBM. Bureau Veritas has been auditing IBM’s management systems since 1997, and the IT company has previously achieved certifications including ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, and ISO 27001, BV said.

ANSI and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council announced that four certificate-awarding entities are currently participating in the ANSI-IREC pilot accreditation program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, the IREC Standard 14732: 2012, General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs. The four entities are: CalCERTS, for training and certification of Home Energy Rating System Raters; CleanTech Education, for training solutions focused on solar PV, solar heating, energy efficiency, wind energy, green IT, and smart grid; Building Science Institute, for educating energy and construction professionals; and Midwest Renewable Energy Association, for training on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Westpak now offers expanded mechanical testing services to solar and renewable energy industries with its Horizontal Impact Test System used to simulate transportation and wind-induced vibration. These mechanical test capabilities complement Westpak’s A2LA accreditation to IEC and UL test protocols for flat plate, thin film, and CPV solar technologies, the company said.

Rio Tinto has become the first mining company certified the Responsible Jewellery Council. The certification covers Rio Tinto’s diamond mines; Diavik in Canada, Argyle in Western Australia and Murowa in Zimbabwe; and Kennecott Utah Copper. At present, Rio Tinto’s Bunder diamond project in India and Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia are not included within the audit because they don’t supply the jewellery industry, RJC said. Rio Tinto is a founder member of the council.

Flexible thin-film solar cells and modules manufacturer SoloPower has received certification of its next-generation SF1, SP1, and SP3L SoloPanels to both UL and IEC standards. SoloPower’s remaining next-generation module, the SP3S SoloPanel, has been certified to UL standards, and the company anticipates certification to IEC standards in the near term.

Solar power product manufacturers JinkoSolar Holding announced its complete line of solar modules has passed the salt mist corrosion test in accordance with IEC 61701 standards. This is the second successful test performed by international research firm TUV Rheinland. JinkoSolar said that its modules previously passed TUV’s ammonia corrosion tests.

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